MillerCoors to build service center

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The parent company of MillerCoors is expanding its Milwaukee footprint with a business service center to support its operations in North America. Parent Molson Coors Brewing Company says the new center will be located at the Miller Valley Campus on Milwaukee’s west side. The center is expected to eventually employ about 150 […]

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GOP resurrects bill exempting rent-to-own from consumer act

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans are trying again to exempt rent-to-own businesses from the state’s consumer protection act. Rep. Warren Petryk and Sen. Terry Moulton began circulating a bill for co-sponsors Tuesday that would create a new section of statutes specifically for the rent-to-own industry. Under the new provisions, rental-purchase agreements must disclose in […]

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Fire at Chicago chocolate factory is the second in November

CHICAGO (AP) — For the second time this month, the Chicago Fire Department has responded to a blaze at the Blommer Chocolate Company factory. Fire officials said Tuesday’s fire started in a cooling tower on the roof of factory near the city’s Loop business district. All workers at the factory have been accounted for and […]

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PlayMonster named a finalist for six Toy of the Year 2018 awards

By HILLARY GAVAN Senior staff writer BELOIT — For the first time in company history, PlayMonster has been named a finalist for six Toy of The Year (TOTY) 2018 Awards — the industry’s highest achievement known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry. PlayMonster’s calling on the community and its fans to cast votes at […]

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New Bell School Road clinic approved for SwedishAmerican by state regulators 

  ROCKFORD— SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, won approval this morning from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to expand its excellence in healthcare with the construction of a new 70,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art clinic on Bell School Road, near the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center campus. The clinic will offer nearly 100 clinic […]

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New home = record membership for YMCA

By RYAN SILVOLA Staff writer BELOIT — Membership at the Stateline Family YMCA is at an all-time high after opening the new downtown Beloit facility last month. The facility, located in the Ironworks complex, opened Oct. 5 and since then Executive Director Doug Britt said just over 1,500 new members have signed up. This puts […]

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Statue of entrepreneur Ken Hendricks erected downtown

By WILLIAM BARTH Editor BELOIT — Just a few days short of the 10th anniversary of entrepreneurial titan Kenneth A. Hendricks’ accidental death, a bronze statue bearing his likeness has been erected along the downtown riverfront. The statue, produced by artists associated with the Hendricks-owned Rivers Edge Foundry, stands near the newly-installed pedestrian bridge and […]

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SwedishAmerican turns its campus blue in honor of fallen Rockford police officer Jaimie Cox 

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is turning its campus blue in honor of fallen Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox. The hospital has placed blue bows in front of the Emergency Department, Heart Hospital and main hospital entrances to honor Officer Cox and pay tribute to all first responders. SwedishAmerican is also dedicating a tree […]

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Wisconsin Senate lifts mining moratorium

  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers took their final steps toward lifting Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining Tuesday, pushing a bill that would eliminate the prohibition through the state Senate and on to Gov. Scott Walker. The GOP has been pushing the measure since mid-September. The Assembly passed it last […]

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WEDC board set to vote on Foxconn contract

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s economic development board is set to vote on a contract implementing a $3 billion incentive package for a Foxconn Technology Group plant. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s board is set to vote during a closed session late Wednesday afternoon. The board will not vote on the contract’s actual language but […]

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